Today’s study in Psalm 23 reminds us that God shepherds His people. The image of God as a shepherd-king helps us understand our relationship with God. Sheep are known not for their intelligence and self-reliance but for their ignorance and need of a shepherd. Apart from a loving and protecting shepherd the sheep are easy prey. The language of Psalm 23 reminds us that God is both all-powerful and all-loving. Because God is all powerful he can protect and provide for His sheep. Because God is all loving he cares tenderly and personally for His sheep. God doesn’t need relationship to be God but He seeks relationship with his sheep wanting to tenderly feed and care for His sheep in real time, right now.